Natural Spring Cleaners
We try to get in a good spring cleaning every year. We work from home, homeschool, and use wood heat during the winter, so it’s always a welcome opportunity to make sure there are no cobwebs in the corner and get rid of any fingerprints on the wall, and make sure all of the things that have accumulated over the winter get taken back to their rightful place. After SO much at home time in 2020, our spring cleaning this year is going to be a little bit more of a job than in years past.
The benefits of natural cleaning
You feel good about it! You know that your surfaces are clean and germ free without leaving behind questionable chemicals, or inhaling them while you’re cleaning. I know my lungs are very sensitive to chemicals in the air, so much so that I can’t even use some store bought cleaners without choking!
Save time & money
Making your own cleaning products is much less expensive than store bought cleaners. You can make an herbal cleaner for just pennies a batch. Most recipes are also simple and quick to throw together using ingredients from your pantry.
Unclutter your cleaning closet
Most herbal cleaners are multitaskers, so the number of products needed to clean your home is greatly decreased.
Fun & Creative Packaging
You can let your creativity run wild! Use re-purposed container with a piece of masking tape for a label, or buy elegant containers with a label from etsy, or even one your designed yourself.
Recipes for Basic Natural Cleaners
Basic Sink Cleaner:
1/4 cup baking soda
1/2 cup vinegar
3 drops rosemary, lavender, lemon, lime, or orange essential oil.
This recipe is safe for porcelain or stainless steel sinks. Combine all ingredients. Rinse sink with HOT water, then apply sink paste. Scrub with a rag or brush. Rinse again with hot water.
Citrus Floor Cleaner:
1 gallon of hot water
2 Tbs castile soap
15 drops sweet orange essential oil
8 drops lemon essential oil or 1/4 cup lemon juice.
Combine all ingredients in a large bucket. Dip mop in bucket and squeeze extra water from mop. Clean floor. Rinsing is not necessary. For scuff marks or difficult stains try a few drops of orange oil neat, then wipe up with cloth.
No Scrub Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Before bed, add 1 cup of borax, 1 cup of vinegar, 10 drops of lavender and 10 drops of lemon essential oil to your toilet bowl. Let sit overnight, then flush in the morning.
1 cup of water
1/2 cup of vinegar
6 drops lemon, grapefruit, or orange essential oil. (Alternately you can use 5 drops of tea tree and 3 drops of thyme to disinfect walls.)
Combine ingredients in a plastic spray bottle and shake before use. Spray on walls, then wipe with a clean cloth.
Spring Morning Air Spray
2 drops lavender
2 drops sweet orange
1 drop geranium
1 drop rose
1 drop rosemary
8 oz of distilled water.
Add to spray bottle, shaking frequently while using.
As you can see, with a few staples from your pantry, a couple containers, and some of your favorite essential oils, you can be well on your way making all of the cleaners needed to keep your home sparkling and smelling great. These recipes were excerpted from The Naturally Clean Home by Karen Siegle-Maier. If you would like to learn more about natural cleaners, please check out her book!